Vasily Lvov

Adjunct Lecturer




226-C Milbank


Vasily Lvov (Basil Lvoff) teaches Russian language courses on Russian history, from the 9th to the 18thcentury and from the 19th to the 20th. He has a Ph.D. in Literary Criticism from Moscow State University and is a Doctoral Candidate in Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His first dissertation was devoted to the Russian Formalists’ literary journalism and its influence on their theory. His current dissertation compares the theories of today’s Digital Humanists with these of the Russian Formalists, from the standpoint of these two movements’ institutional development as well as regarding the problems of literary evolution, literary success, and patterns of meaning.

  • The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
    • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, expected April 2019
    • M.Phil., Comparative Literature, 2017
    • M.A., Comparative Literature, 2015
  • Moscow State University
    • Candidate of Philological Sciences (equivalent to Ph.D.), 2015
    • Specialist’s Degree in Journalism, 2010                                                                                                        

  • Russian Modernism, particularly The Russian Silver Age and 1920s literature
  • Russian and Western 20th century literary theory
  • Russian Formalism and parallel movements in the West
  • Digital Humanities with regard to literary history
  • Media theory
  • Poetics
  • Essay Theory

“Sense and Humor in Russian Formalism. Part I.” International Studies in Humour 1 (2017): 53-80.

“When Theory Entered the Market: The Russian Formalists’ Non-Marxian Approach to Mass Culture.” Ulbandus Review, Vol. 17, A Culture of Institutions / Institutions of Culture (2016): 65-85.

“Young Eikhenbaum” [Molodoi Eikhenbaum]. Voprosy Literatury 6 (2016): 48-65.

“Merry Formalism” [Veselyi formalizm]. Homo Legens 4 (2015): 154-163.

“Viktor Shklovsky’s Petersburg: Magazine as a Feuilleton” [“Peterburg” V. Shklovskogo: Zhurnal kak fel’eton]. Mediaalmanac 5 (2014): 74-83.

“Andrei Bely and Boris Eikhenbaum: ‘Along the Lines of Journal Scholarship’” [Andrei Belyi i Boris Eikhenbaum: Po linii zhurnal’noi nauki]. Mediaalmanac 6 (2013): 128-136.

“By Way of Dispute” [V diskussionnom poriadke]. Voprosy Literatury 2 (2012): 9-29.

“Automatized Defamiliarization: A Critical Essay” [Avtomatizovannoe ostranenie: Kriticheskoe esse]. Zhurnalistika i kul’tura russkoi rechi 1 (2013): 58-65. Print.

“Canon Formation in its Relation to Strangeness: Russian Formalism and Harold Bloom” [Literaturnyi kanon i poniatie strannosti: Russkii formalizm i Kherold Blum]. Zhurnalistika i kul’tura russkoi rechi 2 (2012): 86-103.

“Defamiliarization in Prose and Creative Journalism” [Ostranenie v proze i publitsistike]. Zhurnalistika i kul’tura russkoi rechi 3 (2011): 47-53.

“The Concept of Defamiliarization in the Works of Viktor Shklovsky” [Poniatie ostraneniia u V.B. Shklovskogo]. Zhurnalistika i kul’tura russkoi rechi 2 (2009): 22-32.

“Distant Reading in Russian Formalism and Russian Formalism in Distant Reading.” Under review.

“Viktor Shklovsky and Marshall McLuhan: Beyond Common Sense.” New Zealand Slavonic Journal. Forthcoming.

“Sense and Humor in Russian Formalism. Part II.” International Studies in Humour. Forthcoming.

“Vozvrashchenie formalizma” [The Return of Formalism]. Review of Formal’nyi metod: Antologiia russkogo modernizma, ed. Serguei A. Oushakine. Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie. Forthcoming.

Brodsky, Joseph. “For School-Age Children.” Trans. Basil Lvov. Inventory 5 (2015): 4-5.

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